In this absorbing and surprising memoir, one of the biggest names of classic Hollywood—the star of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and Marnie—tells her story, including never-before-revealed experiences on the set of some of the biggest cult films of all time.
For decades, Tippi Hedren’s luminous beauty radiated from the silver screen, enchanting moviegoers and cementing her position among Hollywood’s elite—beauty and star power that continue to endure. For too long Hedren’s story has been told by others through whispered gossip and tabloid headlines. Now, Hedren sets the record straight, recalling how a young and virtuous Lutheran girl from small-town Minnesota became a worldwide legend—as one of the most famous Hitchcock girls, as an unwavering animal activist, and as the matriarch of a powerful Hollywood dynasty that includes her movie star daughter Melanie Griffith, and rising star Dakota Johnson, her granddaughter.
For the first time, Hedren digs deep into her complicated relationship with the man who discovered her talent, director Alfred Hitchcock, the benefactor who would become a repulsive and controlling director who contractually controlled her every move. She speaks openly about the dark pain she endured working with him on their most famous collaborations, The Birds and Marnie, and finding the courage she needed to break away.
Hedren’s incandescent spirit shines through as she talks about working with the great Charlie Chaplin, sharing the screen with some of the most esteemed actors in Hollywood, her experiences on some of the most intriguing and troubling film sets—including filming Roar, one of the most dangerous movies ever made—and the struggles of being a single mother—balancing her dedication to her work and her devotion to her daughter—and her commitment to helping animals.
Tippi is a rare and fascinating look at a private woman’s remarkable life no celebrity aficionado can miss.
“This thoughtful, articulate, and nuanced memoir by actress Tippi Hedren (who is also actress Melanie Griffith’s mother) covers multiple aspects of her fascinating life. Topics include her complicated relationship with film giant Alfred Hitchcock and her love of wild animals, including the story of her wild animal sanctuary, Shambala. Hedren’s narration is as cool as the proverbial ‘Hitchcock blonde’ but also precise and remarkably vibrant, especially considering her eighty-six years. The star of The Birds and Marnie devotes equal, if not greater, attention to her work with animals. This thoroughly entertaining listening experience is elegant both in its prose and its audio performance.”
Tippi Hedren is an actress and animal rights activist. She starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and Marnie, Charlie Chaplin’s A Countess from Hong Kong, and Roar. She is the founder of Shambala Reserve, an animal sanctuary. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
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- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Genre: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
- ISBN-13: 9780062564962